Each of the past three years, the same pair of barred owls, left, has delivered babies to a nest near White Rock Lake. Semi-retired Advocate photographer Robert Bunch has religiously been on hand to document the blessed events. The first year, Bunch says, he was one of few witnesses to the nesting owlets. But by this past spring, the feathered family had developed a bit of a “fan base.”

Dozens of lake-goers and photographers turned out this year to see the nest near Poppy and East Lawther. “The adult owls lay eggs in the fall, they hatch in the late winter or early spring,” Bunch explains. “The babies hang around the nest at first, then when they start learning to fly, they can be seen around the Casa Linda neighborhoods and nearby.”